The Organic Weed Killing Machines/Applicator Heads.
The 8 Hidden Costs of Chemical Weed Control
Chemical weed killing may seem cost effective in the short-term, but we’ve identified the following 8 hidden costs that you don’t experience with organic weed control.
1. Herbicide Resistance
Repeated applications of herbicides over many years has resulted in the evolution of many resistant species. This results in increased application rates and mixing of chemicals, which further damages surrounding ecosystems and increases costs. With our saturated steam weeders the weeds become more susceptible to killing and reduces treatment frequency.
2. Employee Exposure
All chemical weed killers are toxins. Repeated employee exposure to known toxins drives up health and safety requirements, certification and record keeping costs. Thermal technology removes toxicology risks associated with chemical weed control products, particularly for horticultural and conservation workers.
3. Off-target Damage
Chemical weed killers sprayed in even light breezes can result in overspraying and off-target damage to desirable vegetation and horticultural crops. Chemical weed killers often release vapours which can cause sickness in chemically-sensitive people. These off-target effects can lead potential litigation.
4. Tarnished Public Image
There is now widespread public knowledge about the hazard to human health of chemical weed killing. Chemical spraying by organisations will lead to a tarnishing of their public image and undermines their environment, safety and sustainability commitments.
5. Public Safety
Application of chemical weed killers, according to label, requires restriction of access to treated areas for a number of hours. This signage poses significant operational costs. Failure to restrict access can expose the public to ‘probable carcinogens’ and can lead to potential litigation.
6. Storm and Potable Water Contamination
Chemical weed killers translocate easily from paved surfaces, through soil profiles and can contaminate ground waters, streams, creeks and estuaries. Removing chemicals from drinking water sources creates enormous expenses.
7. Habitat, Ecosystem & Livestock Threat
Most commonly used weed killers have the potential to contaminate habitats of sensitive populations of endangered species such as frogs, bee’s and butterfly’s which are essential to healthy ecosystems. Chemical weed control that has the potential to contaminate fodder and water sources becomes a threat to livestock.
8. Soil Biology
The most commonly used weed killers are Glyphosate based. Glyphosate is a patented anti-biotic and chelator which has been shown to kill soil microbes and bind nutrients. This creates additional costs in soil remediation and fertilising.
A Few Words From Our Customers
“Have used the Weedtechnics machine for a few weeks now. Must say: LOVE IT. weed management without a bad feeling, without affecting the environment, leaving the waterways clean for our saratoga fish, safe around the cheese factory and all farm animals. Well done Jeremy & team!”
“My team at the University of Colorado was one of the first in the U.S. to use Weedtechnics steam equipment and I would be happy to provide relevant information about our success to any interested parties. We regularly do demos for area universities, cities, and school districts and talk with concerned parents around the country. Thanks, David”
“The purchase of new steam weeding machine from Weedtechnics was great news for local residents who are concerned about the use of chemicals. We are using the steam weeder in children’s playgrounds, retail areas of our towns and villages and other popular spaces such as picnic areas. The SW machine is highly effective at killing weeds.”
We tried various organic methods including Pelargonic acid, pine oils, and mechanical weeding but the machines from Weedtechnics were far more practical and efficient. Over the last 12 months, we have been receiving lots of interest and positive feedback from the public and are constantly receiving emails and calls regarding chemical free weed management.
When using any new tool for chemical-free weed management, it takes some time to familiarize yourself with the mechanical and operational aspects including various attachments, Weedtechnics have made this possible with their ongoing support. SW Machines have helped us meet our company objective by achieving great results in chemical-free weed control, more than any other chemical-free method in the market place today.
The property gets a groundcover that just drinks Glyphosate and doesn’t die. I’ve now used my new SW500E and it’s having a serious impact.
The North Coast of NSW
Cavallo Weed Steaming
I cannot tell you how happy I am that I discovered Weedtechnics saturated steam machines. Owning acreage with a combination of horses and blueberries using chemicals was never a great option. Once I discovered my blueberry producer using the SW900 to eliminate grasses below his blueberry plants I knew I had to have one. The result – no more chemical usage on our property and there has been a lot of interest from neighboring properties regarding the steam operation.
The keys to success are to ensure the maintenance of the temperature at 118 degrees and to steam the weeds for a minimum of 3 seconds. We are having great success with killing blackberries which is phenomenal.
Our Steamwand range works in nearly any environment you can think of. However, the most common areas are..
Chemically Sensitive Areas
The SW Machines with our versitec range of applicator headsare used around schools, parks, playgrounds, WSUD's and habitat areas and more.
Our SW Range can be utilised with handheld applicators, our Steaminator Trolley, and our Hydraulically controlled orchard heads for use in areas around the community including public paces, near food establishments, parking lots and roadside vegetation
We tailor machine and applicator head packages to support the individual requirements for intensive horticultural producers such as berry growers, herbs, vegetables, orchards, nurseries, vineyards.
The SW900 combined with our larger covered applicator heads, penetrating soil spikes and up to 100m (300') of delivery hose allows effective weed control in weed infested fringe areas.